The other day, the US Attorney's Office in Los Angeles announced the arrest of the developer Ethereum Virgil Griffith (Virgil Griffith). Project co-founder Vitalik Buterin supported his colleague.
“I refuse to follow the convenient path and leave Virgil, because I firmly believe that this is wrong. I will subscribe to the petition for release, ”he wrote on the social network Twitter.
Buterin emphasized that Griffith is his friend and hemust support him. Ethereum co-founder also noted that the Ethereum Foundation did not pay Griffith for a trip to North Korea and did not provide any support - this was the decision of Griffith himself.
“Geopolitical openness is excellent. It’s just great when a person who has been opposed to an “evil enemy” since childhood goes to him and listens to his speeches. The world would be better if more people did this. This virtue works everywhere. We have improved relationships with Ethereum Classic, Hyperledger, and other organizations. I do not think that Virgil has provided any real help in something bad. He just gave a presentation of open source software. There was no “hacking training." If he did something like that, I would have reacted harshly for a long time. Virgil received no benefit from his trip. I hope that the US will demonstrate strength and focus on real corruption, and will not persecute programmers who make publicly available information, ”Buterin said.
The other day, Virgil Griffith was arrested inLos Angeles International Airport for alleged violation of the Emergency Economic Measures Act (IEEPA). A US citizen faces up to 20 years in prison.